'Next' Episode 7: Why is the show not airing today and what to expect when it returns?

Fox Sports' 'Thursday Night Football' coverage featuring the Dallas Cowboys vs the Baltimore Ravens postpones tonight's episode of 'Next' by a week


                            'Next' Episode 7: Why is the show not airing today and what to expect when it returns?
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'Next' is planning something big, but Paul LeBlanc (John Slattery) and Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade) finally have the break in the case they need — the knowledge that Paul's brother Ted (Jason Butler Harner) is working for Next himself. Unfortunately, fans of the series are going to have to wait a week before they can see how the duo try to stop Ted and Next in their tracks, as this week's episode of 'Next' is postponed to make way for FOX Sports' 'Thursday Night Football' coverage, featuring live from M&T Bank Stadium as Dallas Cowboys take on Baltimore Ravens.

The live football match sees both 'Next' and 'Cosmos: Possible Worlds' taken off from today's line-up of television shows, but not to worry, 'Next' will return next week as scheduled. When it returns, Next's multitasking abilities are making quite a mess for everyone standing in its way. While it may be laying a trap for Paul and Shea, Ben (Aaron Moten) and Gina (Eve Harlow) are dealing with Next's newest target: Congresswoman Elenor Beatty (Karin Angling) and a reporter named Harrison Cole (Carl Clemons-Hopkins). Going straight for the government and the media, it's only a matter of time before Next starts directly interfering with national policy — with control over international relations not far behind.

The 'Next' crew have all been tied up in personal matters orchestrated by Next, as Paul splits from the group feeling like he can't trust anyone, and Shea deals with her father, Nacio Flores (David Zayas), who was released by Next specifically to mess with her. For Shea in particular, things are becoming a bit too much to handle, and in the next episode we see her reach her breaking point, though what that means remains to be seen.

The official synopsis for the next episode reads: "LeBlanc and Shea discover Ted's plan for the Next server and race to intervene before it is too late. Meanwhile, Ben and Gina investigate Next's latest victims, Congresswoman Elenor Beatty (guest star Karin Anglin) and reporter Harrison Cole (guest star Carl Clemons-Hopkins), after a freak accident occurs, and Shea reaches her breaking point." 

The next episode of 'Next' airs December 15 at 9 pm ET on FOX.

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